10 Fabulous Fall Festivals in Atlanta

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    A Guide to the Top 10 Fall Festivals in Atlanta in 2015

    ••• Atlanta skyline from Piedmont park. Credit: Getty Images

    September 21, 2015

    On the heels of Music Midtown and with the arrival of Fall officially starting on Wednesday (Sept. 23rd), we figured now was easily the best time to look at the fabulous fall festivals happening in Atlanta this season. Coupled with the incredible lineup of Fall Fashion Shows happening around town, the gorgeous colors of the turning leaves, crisp weather perfect for tailgating and football games, Fall just may be our favorite season in Atlanta. Click through the gallery for a list of the festivals making Fall even better this year.  

    Story by Kate Parham Kordsmeier, the Atlanta expert for About Travel and author of Atlanta Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Big Peach. Kate can be reached on twitter @KPKords or via email at kpkords@gmail.com. Don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest.

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    Atlanta Fall Festivals: Taste of Atlanta

    ••• Photo credit: StudioPrimetime.com.

    Date: September 25-27, 2015

    Admission: Ticket prices vary depending on which events you attend

    Need to Know: Toasting its 14th year, the city's largest food festival, Taste of Atlanta, will once again pack 10 Midtown blocks with time-honored Southern classics and trendy alike, whether you opt for the cooking demos, live entertainment, tasting tents or special dinners. Unlike other free-for-all food festivals in town, Taste of Atlanta truly honors the city of Atlanta--the three-day festival explores the city's unique neighborhoods by sampling tastes from the chefs and bartenders that give each area its own creative energy. 

    Don't Miss: Our Atlanta expert, Kate Parham Kordsmeier, will be at the festival selling signed copies of her cookbook, Atlanta Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Big PeachBe sure to stop by and say hi, pick up a book and get it signed by all the chefs in the book, who are also at the fest.

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    Atlanta Fall Festivals: TomorrowWorld

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    Date: September 25-27, 2015

    Admission: Ticket prices vary

    Need to Know: TomorrowWorld, an American spin off of the famed electronic music festival Tomorrowland, is the largest 21+ music festival in the country, setting up shop on 8,000+ acres of land in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia (just outside of Atlanta). Festival goers “glamp” in luxe facilities inside a three-mile popup city known as DreamVille, Top Chef finalist Kevin Gillespie provides the eats (“Tomorrow’s Table” includes the first sit-down restaurant featuring hybrid menus from Gillespie’s award-winning Atlanta restaurants (Terminus City, Gunshow, Revival), a picnic basket takeout concept and a seated 10-course VIP dinner cooked and hosted by Gillespie himself overlooking the Main Stage), plus the festival’s first-ever onsite popup spin studio courtesy of Cyc Fitness.

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    Atlanta Fall Festivals: Fall Folklife Festival

    ••• Photo Credit: Atlanta History Center.

    Date: September 26, 2015 at the AHC's Smith Family Farm

    Admission: Free to members; $16.50 for non-member adults

    Need to Know: To celebrate the changing seasons and fall's bounty, head to theAtlanta History Center’s annual Fall Folklife Festival and learn about what the fall harvest meant to 19th-century Atlantans. Expect food demos from Southern Foodways, crafts, a petting zoo, fresh local products, live bluegrass and folk music and local food truck. This year, special tribute will be paid to influential African American chefs and home cooks, so be sure to catch the cooking demonstrations by Michael Twitty and a panel discussion with Southern chefs moderated by Erika Council, the author behind the popular blog Southern Souffle.

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    Atlanta Fall Festivals: Georgia Craft Beer Festival

    ••• Photo Credit: Red Brick Brewing.

    Date: October 3, 2015 next to Red Brick Brewing

    Admission: $45 for General Admission

    Need to Know: Now in its fourth year, this local beer festival (it's put on by The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild) brings more than 30 Georgia breweries together (think Creature Comforts, Jekyll Brewing and Second Self) for a dangerously delicious festival complete with games, live entertainment (the Halem Albright Band, Heather Luttrell and the Possumden and the Lefty Williams Band are scheduled to appear) and bites from the city's top food trucks. 

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    Atlanta Fall Festivals: Oakland Cemetery's Sunday in the Park

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    Date: October 4, 2015

    Admission: $7 and children under 3 years old are free.

    Need to Know: Grab your finest Victorian costume and head to Oakland Cemetery's 36th annual Sunday in the Park Victorian street festival, where you can explore the cemetery’s splendor (their grand mausoleums are only opened once a year for this festival) with living history demonstrations, guided walking tours, a Victorian costume contest, live music and dance performances, kid's area, food trucks and beer tents. 

    Don't Miss: In addition to Sunday in the Park, Oakland's popular Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours are back for the 10th year (Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 29-31), inviting you to experience the cemetery after dark on guided walking tours, which bring a few residents “to life” through re-enactments. 

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    Atlanta Fall Festivals: Castleberry Hill Loft Tour

    ••• Photo Courtesy of Castleberry Hill Loft Tour.

    Date: October 9-10, 2015

    Need to Know: Atlanta's beloved Castleberry Hill, the historic downtown neighborhood you may now recognize from The Walking Dead (it's filmed there!), is resurrecting their Castleberry Hill Loft Tour this year. The festival will kick off with an Art Stroll on Friday, followed by the tour on Saturday of hand-selected lofts and the neighborhood’s distinctive art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and businesses. Feel good about taking in the neighborhood--the Loft Tour helps the historic community raise money for aesthetic improvements, neighborhood beautification and other neighborhood initiatives. 

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    Atlanta Fall Festivals:  Brew on the Bricks

    ••• Credit: Centennial Olympic Park/ Georgia World Congress Center Authority.

    Date: October 15, 2015

    Admission: $5 available online at Freshtix.com or at the door

    Need to Know: Centennial Olympic Park has been teaming up with ROCK 100.5 and KICKS 101.5 for the past few months for Brew on the Bricks, a night filled with craft beers and cocktails (from Atlanta’s Own Old Fourth Ward Distillery Vodka, no less) and live music in a stunning spot, the Southern Company Amphitheater. The last event in the series is coming up on October 15th, so don't miss it.

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    Atlanta Fall Festivals: Fall Festival on Ponce

    ••• Festival on Ponce.

    Date: October 17-18, 2015

    Admission: FREE

    Need to Know: Back for its fifth year, the Fall Festival on Ponce returns to Atlanta’s historic Olmsted Linear Park, transforming the park into an outdoor art gallery featuring over 125 displays of local and regional fine art and crafts, alongside a kid's area, local food trucks, beverages and a small stage for acoustic musical performances. Pooches welcome, so grab Fido and plan to spend the day strolling around the park. 

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    Atlanta Fall Festivals: Atlantic Station Fall Festival and Spooky Film Fest

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    Date: October 30, 2015

    Admission: Free; Tickets are $1 each

    Need to Know: Help raise funds for City of Refuge when you attend Atlantic Station's Fall Festival, chockfull of crafts and activities requiring one to five tickets. After the festival, stick around for the Spooky Film Fest's final flick: Hocus Pocus. The movie will begin at dusk, so be sure to bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic (you can get takeout from the nearby restaurants) to enjoy. 


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    Atlanta Fall Festivals: Chastain Park Fall Arts & Crafts Festival

    ••• Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival.

    Date: November 7-8, 2015

    Admission: FREE

    Need to Know: Now in its sixth year, the Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival returns to Buckhead's beloved park with more than 185 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers and jewelers and more. Don't miss their special artist demos, live entertainment and hands-on art activities. Bring your dog and stop in at the many food trucks as you walk through the park.